Seth Glier - Birds
Review by Dom Vigil
Birds, the new release from Seth Glier is filled to the brim with emotion. From heartbreakingly vulnerable songs like “Too Much Water” or “Like I Do” to hard hitting political tracks like “Water On Fire” or “Justice For All,” Seth Glier proves track after track that he’s not a one trick pony. No matter the theme or sound (which is constantly changing and evolving throughout these songs) he always wears his heart on his sleeve.
From the very beginning of Birds, Glier’s soul really shines through each note. Opening track, “Sunshine” is a bit minimalistic, but continues to grow as Glier’s voice soars through your speakers, making for a song that really does feel like a sunrise. It’s a new beginning, a fresh start. The following track, “Water On Fire” is much more upbeat and full, showcasing a more gritty side of Glier. And Lyrically, this song takes a step away from “Sunshine,” for a more political stance on fracking and corporate greed. Then comes the theatrical third track, “Birds,” which is spearheaded by string instruments and beautiful imagery.
The amount of diversity between the songs on Birds is incredible. Just when you think you have this album figured out, another song will come in with a brand new sound and catch you off guard once more. The only downside in this is that there isn’t much flow from track to track and transitions can feel a little choppy at times. By the time you hit the first chorus in any of these songs, though, you’ll completely forget about transitions as you’re immersed in Glier’s stunning world.
There are some songs that contrast beautifully on Birds as well. “People Like Us,” the upbeat, Beach Boys influenced feel-good track comes right before the incredibly emotional and vulnerable, “Like I Do,” which finds Glier begging someone to understand just how he feels.
Throughout Birds, Glier takes us an emotional journey without ever once coming up for air. It’s a push and pull from track to track, from personal to political, vulnerable, emotional and thought provoking. Although the flow might feel a bit choppy because of this, it also helps the album feel incredibly human. It would be a shame if Glier simply created an album full of love songs or political anthems. Instead, it’s a healthy balance between the two. “Too Much Water,” for instance focuses on self-sabotage and unhealthy habits while asking for help in order to get better as Glier sings, “I hate to admit it/I think I could use your help.” Then comes “Justice For All,” a minimalistic yet stomping anthem that serves as a commentary on the death penalty.
One of the strongest songs on the album is definitely the second to last track, “Hasn’t Hit Me Yet,” which weaves a story about dealing with the loss of a loved one. Sonically, it’s one of the fullest songs on the album while lyrically, it’s incredibly powerful and emotional in lines like, “I’ve never been in a world without you in it.” Then, closing Birds is the bright and hopeful “I’m Still Looking,” which is spearheaded by soft guitar picking and gentle vocals, showcasing yet another side of Seth Glier before the end.
By the time Birds comes to an end, you’ll feel as if you know Seth Glier a little better. Unlike many albums which only focus on one topic like heartbreak, loss, love or political issues, Birds covers it all to make for a very diverse and human release. After all, we’re all pretty complex people, and this album reflects those intricacies in Glier. Birds is a very honest and powerful take on the world around Seth Glier, and by the time it comes to an end, you’ll feel as if you’re immersed in it as well.
LISTEN TO: "Hasn't Hit Me Yet" or "I'm Still Looking"
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